University celebrates Women’s History Month

Shenandoah University marks Women’s History Month in March with its second annual Women’s History Month Film Series and a staged reading of “Onward Victoria.”

Emily Burner, director of communications for Shenandoah University, said the university showed four films last year in honor of Women’s History Month.

“We started with about 20 attendees for the first film. However, once publicity went out and the local and Shenandoah University communities became aware of the series, our last film, “The Danish Girl,” had about 80 attendees,” she added.

She is hoping for a better turnout for this year’s film series. The series will be presented by the gender and women’s studies and film studies programs and is free and open to the public with showings at 7 p.m. each Tuesday in March, except for March 14, which falls during the university’s spring break. Showings will be held in Halpin-Harrison Hall’s Stimpson Auditorium. The series is also co-sponsored by the university’s mathematics, mass communication, and languages and cultures departments.

Films to be shown include “Hidden Figures” on Tuesday, “Things to Come” on March 21 and “20th Century Women” on March 28.

“Since we’re screening films that have not been released yet on DVD, we’re hoping for an audience of 50-100 for each film. Although “Hidden Figures” has been playing locally for some time, many of our students have not seen it yet, so it is a great opportunity for students and the public to catch it. “Things to Come,” a French film, stars Isabelle Huppert, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in “Elle.”

Finally, “20th Century Women” was nominated for best original screenplay and features female characters from three different generations,” she said. “We hope the surrounding local communities will turn out and support us.”

At 4 p.m. March 25 in Glaize Studio Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory will present a staged reading of the musical “Onward Victoria” that tells the story of Victoria Woodhull, who was the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872.

The book and lyrics were written by Irene Rosenberg Wurtzel and Charlotte Anker, with music by Keith Hermann. All three will be on campus for the residency with Shenandoah Conservatory students.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com